When the movie Pumping Iron\u00a0begins, the stage full of extraordinarily well developed men looks the same in many ways. The sculpted figures, the amazing bulges and the stylistic way they strike a pose gives the impression that there is nothing there behind those muscles.\u00a0 Nothing could be further from the truth.\r\nThe tremendous discipline that it took for those bodybuilders to reach the top\u00a0bodybuilding competition that was the setting for Pumping Iron comes from an inner drive and a quest for success that meant something different to each man.\u00a0 For Pumping Iron star, Serve Nubret, that drive for greatness was nothing short of a spiritual mission.\r\nFor\u00a0Serge Nubret, his passion for bodybuilding that was on display in Pumping Iron was more than just a sport or even a way to making a living.\u00a0 Later in life when Serge wrote his book entitled, I am\u2026Me and God, he referred to bodybuilding as his "reason for being".\u00a0 That sense of having a spiritual calling to become a champion in the sport of bodybuilding was a prime motivation to driving Serge Nubret to reach the heights of the sport that he reached which is documented in the breakthrough documentary, Pumping Iron.\r\nAnother fascinating aspect of the bodybuilding profession that jumps out when you watch Pumping Iron is that it is truly an international and multicultural competition. Of the many nationalities that the top professionals in bodybuilding represented, Serge Nubret did a good job of being the ambassador to bodybuilding from his home country of France.\r\nSerge Nubret enjoyed the quite life of small town living as he passed his childhood and youth in the village of Anse-Bertrand near Guadeloupe. But it was in his young adulthood that his phenomenal athletic ability began to be known to young Serge.\u00a0 From the very beginning, Nubret saw his gift for bodybuilding as a calling to a spiritual walk that would settle for nothing less than total commitment and total success.\r\nOnly three months after Serge Nubret entered bodybuilding, he won his first championship at the Mr. Guadeloupe bodybuilding contest. The very next year he found himself at his first international bodybuilding competition in Montreal where he was named "The Most Muscular Man in the World".\r\nBut as tremendous of that accomplishment was, it was only the beginning for the young bodybuilder.\u00a0 As soon as Nubret returned to Paris, he was recruited by the film industry to star in the movie, The Titans.\u00a0 This would begin a love affair that the international movie industry had with the charismatic bodybuilder that would lead him not only to become a part of Pumping Iron but over 25 other films as well.\r\nUnfortunately, we do not see much of Serge Nubret in the finished film, Pumping Iron.\u00a0 His participation in the\u00a0Mr. Universe\u00a0contest that is the heart of Pumping Iron was quite significant.\u00a0 He actually finished second to\u00a0Arnold Schwarzenegger\u00a0in the tall man competition, defeating\u00a0Lou Ferrigno\u00a0who finished third.\u00a0 But because Nubret was already an established commodity in the film industry, contract restrictions kept the editors of Pumping Iron to use very much of the footage where he was in the spotlight.\r\nNonetheless, the influence that Serge Nubret had on the film, Pumping Iron and on the bodybuilding sport has been significant.\u00a0 While all successful athletes succeed by listening to an inner drive to greatness, Serge Nubret went on to use his success to point the credit back to God and to his sense of calling.\u00a0 In that way Serge Nubret is an inspiration to athletes in bodybuilding and to all of us as well to follow our own God given calling to greatness.